This time we would like to introduce flavors from Setouchi that can be enjoyed even in Tokyo.
We’re talking about these. A product representing Kagawa prefecture, “soy sauce beans”.
Soy sauce beans are a part of Kagawa prefecture’s local cuisine. They are made by pickling dried, roasted broad beans in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, chili pepper and other ingredients.
At the showroom that sells Kagawa and Ehime prefecture goods, “Kawaga & Ehime Setouchi Shunsaikan”, there are a variety of soy sauce beans available from different manufacturers. Apparently there are the favorite manufacturers of every household.
Visiting the store there was a customer who said nostalgically, “They were my mother’s favorites.”
Apparently customers who buy 3 or 4 packets at a time are no rare sight, either.
In the past, the soybeans were made at home, and their special characteristic was the hard, firm texture of the finished product. However, nowadays even local residents often buy their beans at stores, and they have also become softer along with the times.
At least that’s what they say, but when taking the soy sauce beans out of their packaging, they are all very large with a firm shape. They are saltier than the average cooked beans, and only moderately sweet.
Soy sauce beans are apparently an essential on soy-sauce-loving Kagawa prefecture residents’ tables.
They are of course delicious eaten as is, and they are also highly popular as a side dish with udon noodles. There are also several recipes that use soy sauce beans.
They are moderately sweet, so they can be utilized in various Japanese-style meals.
They’re also delicious used as a seasoning when making takikomi rice (rice is seasoned and cooked with various ingredients).
Find your favorite and enjoy the nostalgic flavor!
Kagawa & Ehime Setouchi Shunsaikan
Location: Shinbashi Marin Buildgin 1 & 2 floor, 2-19-10 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
URL: http://www.setouchi-shunsaikan.com/contents/index.html (Japanese)
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